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Querencia Feb 2, 2013 07:28 PM

I am reading online that Grand Central has no luggage storage facilities but I want to have some fried oysters while I am there. If I show up at Grand Central's Oyster Bar with a suitcase, will they throw me out? And does anyone care to recommend a better place for fried oysters?

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    Bkeats Feb 3, 2013 06:31 AM

    I don't think they will toss you for having luggage, but going to the Oyster Bar for fried oysters? The beauty of the place is to sit at the bar and order them on the half shell with a martini. Never had them fried there or almost anywhere else.

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      Querencia Feb 3, 2013 12:42 PM

      1) Fried are on their menu. 2) I don't like raw. 3) I like fried.

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      thegforceny Feb 3, 2013 01:00 PM

      "And does anyone care to recommend a better place for fried oysters?"
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      Oyster Bar is known for the variety and quality of its raw oysters.

      Pearl St Oyster Bar or Mary's Fish Camp better for fried.

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        kathryn Feb 3, 2013 01:22 PM

        I love Pearl Oyster Bar but it's tiny. It's open for lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat, with a break in between, and is closed on Sundays. It's not open continuously like GCOB. Mary's is open for lunch and dinner (also with a break in between) Mon-Sat, closed Sundays as well.

        Pearl is also pretty small, as is Mary's Fish Camp. Both are a bit of a schlep from Grand Central.

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        kathryn Feb 3, 2013 01:20 PM

        I've seen people there with those big rolling briefcases, you should be fine. GCOB is very big, you shouldn't have any issues. I have heard reports that their fried oysters aren't very good though:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/885645

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          Querencia Feb 4, 2013 10:49 AM

          Thank you. Maybe I should wait to eat fried oysters in Maryland, where they are a specialty.

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          bifpocaroba Feb 4, 2013 11:07 AM

          Go to the Oyster Bar , it's a great place to go to. They won't throw you out with luggage. Sit at the Saloon at the Oyster Bar in the back, cool spot.

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            foodwhisperer Feb 4, 2013 02:31 PM

            I agree with that. The Oyster Bar is used to people with luggage, it isn't an issue at all. As far as fried oysters, i'm sure the fried oyster are good. There are other places with good fried oysters, but I don't think any will be that much better than Grand Central. I like Pig and Khao;s fried oysters better than any I've tried in NYC. In New England there are many great fried oyster places.

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            bronwen Feb 4, 2013 11:25 AM

            Many a time I've gone straight to the Oyster Bar with luggage, they will store it in the cloakroom if you ask them nicely!

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              Querencia Feb 8, 2013 12:09 AM

              Many thanks to all.

              1. Motosport Feb 8, 2013 10:09 AM

                I prefer the raw oysters but they do have a variety of cooked/fried oysters on the menu. My lovely wife loves the fried oysters. Baggage is not a problem. Lots of travelers grabbing a bite to eat on their way to somewhere.
                Sit at the iconic oyster bar. Not the Saloon or restaurant area. It is amazing. Great chowder too.

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